Rio Verde, AZ 85263
About Community Church of the Verdes
Our faith is summarized in the Apostles’ Creed:
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, his only Son our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit; born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion on saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
8:30 a.m. Sundays
The Community Church of the Verdes is committed to sharing the gifts which have been given to us with those beyond the walls of our building and our local community. To that end, we support a number of agencies each year (with a special emphasis on supporting children and families) and invite those agencies to join us in worship to share information about their work. We also join with the wider community each year to support a Habitat for Humanity building program, which was initiated by our church more than a decade ago and has the distinction of being one of the longest continuing Habitat programs in America.
Stephen Ministry; Alcoholics Anonymous; The Pad Project; Parents of Addicted Loved Ones. We also have a vibrant educational ministry which includes classes, Bible study and lectures. We also have a vibrant music ministry with a choir and a bell choir.
I am starting anew on my blog, after the adventures of last week! I logged in to the blog, and nothing was there! I contacted the FH Times, and Brent immediately contacted Duke, their tech guy, who contacted FH Times' tech company. In a day or two, they found the blog and put it back up. However, I was advised to make a new blog entry each time I enter something rather than simply adding to the original. Hence, this separate entry.
So, these past few weeks, I have been pondering and talking with others about the difference between worship and entertainment. We are worshiping God on Sunday mornings, but we also as humans want to enjoy what we are doing. We appreciate quality worship that also moves us. And we want to respond to it, either by saying "Amen!" or clapping or something.
The issue has come up here around our music, which is so wonderful, and around this year's Advent sermon series on the classic Christmas movies. We have had some guest instrumentalists to work with our choir, and I am speaking about the movies as they are, but then noting that they need to be added to and enriched by the true Christian message of Christmas, that Jesus our Savior is born!
I think people here know the difference between worship and entertainment. We add to our worship with special music this time of year. We add to my sermons with images on the overhead screens, but we know we are not watching a movie for entertainment. Those images enhance what I am saying, and the worship experience is the richer for it.
Let me know what you think, even as you join us for worship on Sunday mornings at 8:30. Also, our Christmas Eve service is at 9 p.m. It is a simple service of Lessons and Carols to tell the story of Christmas, no screens, no images, just the Word, and candles and "Silent Night" at the end.
Grace and peace,